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DCVAI: Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation v6.2

Leads to CCNP Data Centre Certification

The Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation (DCVAI) course is a skills-building course that focuses on the implementation and deployment automation of Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Cisco Nexus switches. The course provides rich hands-on experience in building a data center solution based on Cisco ACI. Learners are introduced to the automation capabilities offered by Python and RESTful APIs.

Course Objectives

After completing this course the student should be able to:

  • Describe two primary features to logically separate a physical switch
  • Describe the Nexus 1000 virtual switch, programmability options on Cisco NX-OS, and different scripting tools available with Cisco NX-OS
  • Describe CLI features that simplify configuration management
  • Introduce the high-level concepts and describe the different fabric discovery parameters for Cisco ACI.
  • Introduce the high-level concepts and describe the different fabric discovery parameters for Cisco ACI
  • Create tenant-based policies for bare metal hosts
  • Describe the integration of VM Manager Domains with Cisco ACI
  • Describe how Cisco ACI supports multitier applications, it’s monitoring capabilities, and programmability and orchestration
  • Describe vPC-based aggregation and availability
  • Describe Cisco AVS, distributed firewall, and micro-segmentation
  • Describe packet flows within the Cisco ACI and integrating Cisco ACI with external Layer 3 network
  • Describe how L4 - L7 services are inserted into the Cisco ACI fabric, and how traffic is subsequently redirected

Course Content

Module 1: Infrastructure Virtualization Implementation

  • Lesson 1: Configuring Logical Device Separation
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Virtual Switching Technology

Module 2: Cisco NX-OS Configuration Automation

  • Lesson 1: Implementing Configuration Programmability
  • Lesson 2: Implementing Configuration Profiles
  • Lesson 3: Using Scripting Tools

Module 3: Application-Centric Infrastructure Overview

  • Lesson 1: Introducing Cisco ACI

    Module 4: Cisco ACI Building Blocks and Application Policies

    • Lesson 1: Building Tenant-Based Policies with Bare-Metal Hosts
    • Lesson 2: Describing VMM Domain Integration
    • Lesson 3: Multitier Applications in Cisco ACI

    Module 5: Cisco ACI Manageability and Programmability

    • Lesson 1: Monitoring and Managing Cisco ACI
    • Lesson 2: Describing Cisco ACI Programmability and Orchestration

    Module 6: Cisco ACI Enhanced Features

    • Lesson 1: Describing vPC
    • Lesson 2: Deploying Cisco AVS

    Module 7: Data Center Compute Resource Parameters Design

    • Lesson 1: Describing Packet Flow Internal to the ACI Fabric
    • Lesson 2: Describing External Layer 3 Network Integration
    • Lesson 3: Describing External Layer 2 Network Integration
    • Lesson 4: Configuring Service Insertion and Redirection

    Target Audience

    • Channel Partners
    • Customers
    • Employees
    • Entry-level to experienced Network Administrator
    • Senior Network Engineer
    • Presales Engineer
    • Design Engineer
    • Data Center Administrator
    • Senior Systems Engineer
    • Senior Technical Solutions Architect

    Course Duration

    5 days

    Suggested Pre-requisites

    The knowledge and skills that a student must have before attending this course are as follows:

    • Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) v6.0 or higher
    • Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT) v6.0 or higher
    • Configuring Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches in ACI Mode (DCAC9K) v2.0 or higher
    • Good understanding of the VMware environment

    It is recommended that a learner has the following knowledge and skills before attending this course:

    • Describe data center networking concepts
    • Describe data center storage concepts
    • Describe data center virtualization

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